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[kawr-vahyn, -vin]
  1. pertaining to or resembling a crow.
  2. belonging or pertaining to the Corvidae, a family of birds including the crows, ravens, and jays.
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Origin of corvine

1650–60; < Latin corvīnus, equivalent to corv(us) raven + -īnus -ine1
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Examples from the Web for corvine

Historical Examples

  • It now behoves us to consider the smaller members of the corvine clan.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

    Douglas Dewar

  • Far up a hillside of poplar, a horde of crows were clamoring over some corvine scandal, perhaps.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • This was, of course, an outrage on corvine society—an outrage which demanded speedy vengeance.

    Birds of the Plains

    Douglas Dewar

  • In the long struggle between human ingenuity and corvine sagacity, it is doubtful which has thus far obtained the upper hand.

    A Rambler's lease

    Bradford Torrey

  • They are chanting something that corresponds in the corvine world to our Dead March in ‘Saul.’

    Birds in London

    W. H. Hudson

British Dictionary definitions for corvine


  1. of, relating to, or resembling a crow
  2. of, relating to, or belonging to the passerine bird family Corvidae, which includes the crows, raven, rook, jackdaw, magpies, and jays
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin corvīnus raven-like, from corvus a raven
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